Best Sports Psychology Books

Sports psychology can give both amateurs and professionals a competitive advantage at worst and help transform high pressure performances at best.

And as few people can afford their own personal sports psychologists, here we offer up some of the best sports psychology books on the market.

Using some of the simple techniques described throughout these books can help you perform at your peak. And if you’re thinking of getting into extreme sports, then these books are a must read in order to stay focused (and safe).

Here is our pick of the best sports psychology books that we will cover:

So without further introduction, here are the best sports psychology books currently available:

The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train and Thrive

The Champions Mind
Described as the athlete’s go-to book for sports psychology.

The Champion’s Mind helps athletes and even amateurs to create mental strength and achieve their best performace possible.

Written by sports psychologist Dr Jim Afremow and offering the same advice that Dr Afremow uses when working with professional athletes, you will learn how to:

  • get in a “zone”
  • thrive on a team
  • stay humble
  • progress within a sport and sustain long-term excellence
  • customize pre-performance routines to hit full power when the gun goes off or the puck is dropped.

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Mental Combat: The Sports Psychology Secrets You Can Use to Dominate Any Event! (Martial Arts, Fitness, Boxing MMA)

Sports psychology: mental combat

Mental Combat is a great science-backed guide that provides a simple step-by-step instructions of how to ‘unlock the power of your brain’.

Written by best selling author and fitness coach Phil Pierce has worked with experts and researchers from around the world to put the book together.

Suitable for those new to fitness to serious athletes, Mental Combat promises to revolutionize your performance every time.

 

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Sports Psychology for Dummies

sports psychology for dummiesA book list isn’t complete with a ‘for Dummies’ book, so here it is: Sports Psychology for Dummies.

While this isn’t the coolest book in the world and doesn’t shout promises at you, it is an extrememly well researched and thorough offerings.

Helping you to acquite the winning edge, Sports Psychology for Dummies promises to:

  • Teach you tips on how to regulate your energy to avoid exhaustion; and how to enhance your team′s chemistry through sports psychology
  • Show you real world examples from amateur and professional sports of all kinds

So if you’re preparing for a challenge, this book is a great option.

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Sport Psychology: A Complete Introduction (Teach Yourself)

introduction to sports psychology bookReleased in January 2016, Sports Psychology: A Complete Introduction is a great book if you’re interested in getting more a grasp on sports psychology rather than just implementing the techniques.

Written in jargon-free English the book is packed full of value with summaries of experiments, and a great split between theory and application.

Highlights of this book include the coverage of essential personality traits, including mental toughness, confidence, motivation and character.

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Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance

black box sports psychology bookA real personal favourite of mine, Black Box Thinking explains the process of finding an edge in a complex and fast-changing world.

With implications beyond sports, Black Box Thinking is a philosophy that can be used across any competitive field, from business to politics and everything inbetween.

So to find answers to these questions, I recommend you buy one of the best sports psychology books on the market:

  • What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google?
  • What links Team Sky and the aviation industry?
  • What connects James Dyson and David Beckham?

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The Pressure Principle: Handle Stress, Harness Energy, and Perform When It Counts

pressure principle sports psychology bookYet another best seller on our best sports psychology books list, The Pressure Principle also comes highly recommended by professional sports stars such as Jonny Wilkinson.

Promising to show you how to handle stress, harness energy and perform at your best when needed, this is one great science-backed book by performance pioneer Dr Dave Alfred.

With a simple format, The Pressure Principle teaches eight principles that will prepare you to perform at your best, every time.

 

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So whatever your particular sporting discipline and whether just for fun or for competition you can gain an edge by following some of the basic principles set out in these great sports psychology books.

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